Relocating to Houston

  1. Anybody can tell me which hospitals are good to work for in Houston area? good staffing, benefit...etc.
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  3. by   GIJay
    There are tons of hospitals in the Houston and surrounding areas. Try going to monster.com and see all the opportunities. It really depends where you want to live. The downtown 'Medical Center' hospitals tend to pay better but there is a higher cost of living there unless you want to commute and deal with the traffic. What area are you relocating to and it will be easier to give you some advice.
  4. by   chuckswan
    I don't want to violate any recruitment rules and so I will not put in a plug for my medical center hospital even though I think it is the best place to work. I would develop selection criteria:
    I would only work for a magnet status hospital.
    Is the hospital listed in any NATIONAL "best places to work" lists such as Fortune's "100 Best Places to Work For?"
    Is the hospital listed as a top 10 in it's specialty in US News?
    What do the nurses that work at the hospital say.
    Check the nursing section of the hospital's web site.
    Good luck!
  5. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from chuckswan
    I don't want to violate any recruitment rules and so I will not put in a plug for my medical center hospital even though I think it is the best place to work. I would develop selection criteria:
    I would only work for a magnet status hospital.
    Is the hospital listed in any NATIONAL "best places to work" lists such as Fortune's "100 Best Places to Work For?"
    Is the hospital listed as a top 10 in it's specialty in US News?
    What do the nurses that work at the hospital say.
    Check the nursing section of the hospital's web site.
    Good luck!
    personally, Magnet status doesn't mean squat. It's a bought title. And, it has more to do w/ blowing smoke than it does w/ making life better for nurses.
    I'm glad that hospital wants to spend oodles for some title. But, before they sold me, they'd have to prove they are willing to spend on me what I'm worth.

    Magnet status doesn't, in itself, prove that.

    Besides, there are plenty of good places to work in and around Houston.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Aug 14, '06
  6. by   LadyT618
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    personally, Magnet status doesn't mean squat. It's a bought title. And, it has more to do w/ blowing smoke than it does w/ making life better for nurses.
    I'm glad that hospital wants to spend oodles for some title. But, before they sold me, they'd have to prove they are willing to spend on me what I'm worth.

    Magnet status doesn't, in itself, prove that.

    Besides, there are plenty of good places to work in and around Houston.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    AMEN Tim!!!
  7. by   spacecase
    Obviously MD anderson is known world wide and has a ton of funding which means state of the art facilities and supplies. Memorial still uses paper charts and is very disorganized in my opinion. They still have not converted to the computer age.
  8. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from spacecase
    Obviously MD anderson is known world wide and has a ton of funding which means state of the art facilities and supplies. Memorial still uses paper charts and is very disorganized in my opinion. They still have not converted to the computer age.
    My understanding is that MD Anderson is notorious for understaffing nurses and high ratios even when staffed by their 'grid'.

    I've heard 2 different nurses that used to work there complain that this is the reason why the 'used' to work there.

    Being world famous for recruiting doctors and tech doesn't equate to being world famous for the way you treat your staff. . .

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  9. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Personally, I wouldn't work in the medical center at all. Too far to drive to find a decent place to life. Or alternatively, living in the dirty downtown for exorbitant rents. Either isn't worth the hassle.

    There are plenty of good hospitals and satellites of 'medical center' hospitals on the rim of the city that would allow you to live in a comfortable suburbs and still reasonably commute.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  10. by   m070298
    Are there any hospitals near Pearland?
  11. by   EricJRN
    Pearland is pretty close to the Texas Medical Center, especially if you're on the west side. On the other side of town, you're not far from Memorial Hermann Southeast, Clear Lake Regional, or Christus St John Hospital. Plans are in the works for a couple of hospitals within the city itself but I don't know the timeline there.
  12. by   AggieQT
    I do not work for this hospital but have been a pt. From my experience (9 surgeries) the place that had the happiest nurses and staff was St Lukes in the medical center. I dont know, I think it says somthing about a place of work when you encounter happy workers everywhere you go and when you go to other hospitals they arent as happy. Thats just my opinion anyways.
  13. by   bonodonnaonaroll
    Regarding MD Anderson:
    I used to work there-been gone 9 months. Worked in ICU. Floated to the floors and worked some extra on the units. I found the staffing fantastic. On nights average was 4, occassionally 5. Have NA's, Lab staff to draw blood. EKG techs do EKG's. Have supplies. Good work.
    Much different from my new facility. Went back to the floor in a Hermann Hospital.
    Why? I was burnt out and, an idiot.
  14. by   joanne6063
    does anyone know the average pay in Houston for RN's?

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